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The 2010 NOWFE Grand Tastings--A Seafood Delight

Posted by perle0 on 2010-05-30 22:48:47 (11460 views)

[Editorial]
[New Orleans]
Once again, the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience (NOWFE) ended with its big event, the Grand Tastings. With one held Friday night and one Saturday afternoon, they have for the last few years taken place in the Superdome, where there's plenty of room for the massive amounts of wine and food. It's definitely the event of the year for wine-lovers and foodies alike (so often, the two are combined in the same person anyway), and this year was no exception. With hundreds of wines to sample and dishes for tasting from most of New Orleans's finest restaurants, what's not to love?

The cocktail garden area provided some of the much-coveted seating.

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Tapas Tuesday at Swirl Wine Bar

Posted by bevo vino on 2010-05-20 10:01:41 (7160 views)

[Events]
[New Orleans]
Back by popular demand! Geoff Worden from Wines Unlimited will present our annual tasting of wines from the Jorge Ordonez portfolio including the highly rated, award winning Bodegas El Nido Clio (94pts). And recently back from a trip to Spain, Chef Dan Esses is inspired to create new tapas dishes to pair with the wines. $24 includes a tasting of 5 wines paired with 5 tapas courses. What a deal! $24 per person, reservations and prepayment are required as attendance is limited to 40 people. Please call 504.304.0635 to reserve your spot.

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Annual Tre Bicchieri Italian Wine Dinner

Posted by perle0 on 2010-05-16 14:17:24 (8049 views)

[Events]
[New Orleans]
Each year, Swirl Wine Bar & Market celebrates the best of Italy with an Italian wine dinner featuring the highest award-winning wines of the Gambero Rosso Vini d'Italia, those given the "Tre Bicchieri" or 3 Glass designation. Given to less than 300 wines yearly, the Tre Bicchieri award is the highest and most prestigious honor that can be bestowed upon an Italian wine and is highly coveted by producers.

To best present the wines, we choose an Italian restaurant each year that demonstrates the same commitment to superior quality and match these amazing wines with their cuisine. We are excited to hold this year's dinner at Chef Adolfo Garcia and Chef Joshua Smith's southern Italian restaurant, a Mano. Chef Joshua Smith's menu will feature 6 tasting courses paired with 6 wines representing their respective regions. (As these wine are produced in limited quantity,
one 5 oz. glass of wine will accompany each course) Antonio Molesini, Italian Wine Specialist from Republic National Beverage, and a native of Cortona, will join us in hosting the event.

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010
6:30 p.m. Cocktails (cash bar)
7:00 p.m. Dinner
$100 per person, tax and tip included
a Mano
870 Tchoupitoulas Street
Reservations:
(504) 304-0635

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Swirl Hosts the Empson USA Barolo and Brunello Tour

Posted by bevo vino on 2010-05-15 19:16:32 (8200 views)

[Events]
[Louisiana]
Empson USA is one of the premier importers of Italian wines in the country. Each year, their famous Barolo and Brunello tour hits the major US cities and finishes with a trade tasting in New Orleans. Knowing our love for all things Italian, they have asked us to host a second New Orleans event in the store on Wednesday May 19th that will give our customers a chance to taste these incredible wines. This famous tasting will feature the 2004 Brunello Riservas, 2005 Brunellos, 2006 Barolos, as well as other wonderful wines from the most prestigious wineries in Italy.

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Jazz'n the Vines 2010

Posted by perle0 on 2010-04-28 13:19:42 (7207 views)

[Events]
[Louisiana]
Pontchartrain Vineyards, Louisiana's premier producer of fine artisan Wines in the classic French tradition, continues its 11th Year of Jazz'n the Vines on Saturday, May 8, 2010 with Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys. The immensely popular outdoor concert series takes place at the vineyards and winery, located north of Covington in northern St. Tammany Parish, and will include seven concerts in the Spring (April, May, June,and July) and five concerts in the Fall (August, September, October, and November).

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Do Glasses Matter?

Posted by perle0 on 2010-04-21 16:54:45 (6784 views)

[Editorial]
It's an eternal question...does it matter what kind of glass you drink your wine from? The consensus from the experts is that it does matter a great deal. The shape of a glass can concentrate the aromas (which are so very vital to the wine's taste), and allow for the best air-surface-to-wine ratio. But how much does it matter?

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19th New Orleans Wine & Food Experience

Posted by perle0 on 2010-04-20 17:46:22 (6589 views)

[Events]
[New Orleans]
It's that time of year again...time to make your plans for the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience! This 5-day event will take place May 25?29, 2010, in various locations throughout New Orleans. NOWFE, which Wine Enthusiast names as a "perennial 'Top Ten' Wine and Food festival," features over 15,000 glasses of wine being poured from 1000 different wines from over 200 winemakers from around the world, not to mention participation by 100 New Orleans restaurants. This will be the 19th NOWFE, and over the years this non-profit organization has raised nearly $1 million for worthy New Orleans charities.

You'll need to buy tickets and make reservations for wine dinners early, so make sure to plan ahead for this unique and wonderful event.

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Gary Farrell Wine Dinner at Galatoire's Bistro

Posted by perle0 on 2010-04-19 18:06:37 (7445 views)

[Events]
[Baton Rouge]
Galatoire's Bistro is having a wine dinner featuring Gary Farrell wines on Friday, April 30th, at 7:30 p.m.

The dinner is $75 per person (inclusive of tax & gratuity).

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Ex-Saints Player Makes Extraordinary Wine

Posted by bevo vino on 2010-02-17 11:39:10 (6720 views)

[Events]
[New Orleans]
Swirl Wines is excited to have former Saint Terry Hoage and his wife Jennifer at Swirl Wines on Tuesday, February 23, at 6:30pm, for an informal, walkabout tasting of his wines. Meet the Hoages, taste some great wine, get your bottles signed and have a little fun with the folks at Swirl.

Terry's Story

What do you get when you combine an ex-NFL safety with a degree in genetics and a passion for farming? Terry Hoage, the two-time All-American from Georgia, actually spent a year with the Saints after being drafted by Bum Phillips, but was waived the next year by new coach Jim Mora. He then went on to a very successful 5 years with the Philadelphia Eagles, followed by another 6 years playing with Washington Redskins, Houston Oilers, San Francisco 49ers, and Arizona Cardinals. Terry retired from football in 1996. So how did Terry get into the wine business? Read on....

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Martins Announces Haiti Fundraiser Tasting

Posted by perle0 on 2010-02-10 13:35:58 (5913 views)

[Events]
[Louisiana]
Help Us Help Haiti, a tasting of the nations to help a nation.

Martin Wine Cellar will host Help Us Help Haiti on Thursday, March 4th, from 6:30 until 8PM. This wine and food event is a fund-raiser to support the Haitians as they recover from their devastating earthquake.

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